Union of South Africa a surprise Swanage cop

By Cedric Johns

In WHAT may turn out to be a surprise ‘cop’ for Southern enthusiasts, the Railway Touring Company has announced A4 4-6-2 No. 60009 Union of South Africa will head its ‘Swanage Belle’ on June 8.

GWR 4-6-0 No. 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe approaches Banbury with Vintage Trains’ ‘Moonraker’ from Solihull to Salisbury on October 8. PETE THORNE

As previously reported, the ‘Belle’ was originally down for B1 4-6-0 No. 61306 Mayflower haulage but with its overhaul now forecast to be completed ‘late summer’, alternative motive power would be required.

Elsewhere, RTC’s ‘Coast to Coast Express’ is booked to depart Liverpool for Scarborough two days later, on June 10.

Departing Lime Street at 6.35am, the ‘Express’ calls at Liverpool South Parkway, Manchester Piccadilly and York en route to the coast. Passengers have the option of alighting at York or continuing to Scarborough.

Steam haulage throughout will be in the hands of either 4-6-0 No.45690 Leander or No. 45699 Galatea.

On Saturday, June 17, RTC will introduce a new excursion, ‘The East Yorkshireman’ running from Manchester Piccadilly to Scarborough. Calling at Romiley, Hathersage and Sheffield the train runs over the Beverley and Bridlington line behind No. 45690 or 45699. The return will be via York.

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